March 1, 2022

Comment response

by James Riva (author's profile)
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Based upon a painting by Claude Monet
(Nov. 9, 2016)


Reply ID 49hx

Feb. 14, 2022

Dear Alisandra:

You're a college student in New Jersey! Wrong, I don't know much about Monet. I only glean from whatever books or magazines come into the prison... You must have seen things by Rembrandt Van Rijn. Very famous portrait artist. Not known for his landscapes, but he was good at them. About 39 years ago an old calve skinned covered book with a biography of Rembrandt found its way into my barrel washing room in the prison kitchen. It was just sitting there on top of the incinerator. It was by the physician that treated Rembrandt and his family. He was born around 1606. He lived around 60 years... His 2nd wife Saskia and his son Titian died young, most likely from the acid fumes inside the house from him making printing plates out of copper and wax... I only admire his brilliance cause he went out into the field and obtained all the raw elements to concoct and mix his own pigments for paint and inks. So he was a fair to middlin chemist. His most famous portraiture work was, "The Night Watch" which featured good likenesses of a dozen or so townspeople keeping watch at the walls of the city. Brilliant yes, but a total A-hole. After Saskia died he kept hiring young girls to clean his house. He lied about his intentions and exaggerated how much wealth he had, and once he impregnated them and they sued for breach of marriage contract/promise he would deny he ever touched them and had them sent to the mental asylum/prison... After this happened three or four times the local bishop issued a decree that no more girls are to work in his house. I liked reading about him because I like to learn from the mistakes of the previous artists socially, professionally, spiritually, and techniques of our craft.

What are you majoring in?

James Riva W38533
1 Administration Rd
Bridgewater, MA 02324


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